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Weyerhaeuser to permanently close OSB mill

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser will permanently close its idled Structurwood OSB mill in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada. The mill has been idled since December 2007.

Weyerhaeuser still maintains a dimensional softwood lumber sawmill in Drayton Valley, which it continues to operate.

“Factors that led to the original decision to idle the Drayton Valley Structurwood mill — the decline in the U.S. housing market and the high Canadian dollar — have not changed since that decision,” said Phil Dennett, vp-strand technologies for Weyerhaeuser, in a statement.

“Weyerhaeuser is working with the Government of Alberta to find ways to enhance the viability of our remaining mills in the region,” Dennett added, including a further mill in Edison, Alberta.

The mill originally employed around 130 people — some have moved to other areas of the Weyerhaeuser business, while some were given severance, the company said.

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Carpet One Floor & Home names new COO

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Carpet One Floor & Home, a subsidiary of CCA Global Partners, has announced the appointment of Scott Wheeler to the post of chief operating officer.

Wheeler most recently served as vp-merchandising for Carpet One Floor & Home.

Prior to that, Wheeler served as president of Flooring America before it was acquired by CCA Global Partners in 2000; and as executive vp for Avalon Carpet Tile & Flooring, a multi-unit flooring retailer based in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Carpet One Floor & Home is one of North America’s largest floor covering retailers, with more than 1,000 locations in Australia and New Zealand. CCA Global Partners has approximately 3,600 retail locations in all worldwide, under banners including Flooring America and ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings, among others.

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Briggs Plumbing names new CEO

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Stephen Glaser has been named president and CEO of Briggs Plumbing Products, a Charleston, S.C.-based manufacturer of toilets, sinks and faucets.

Glaser has been with Briggs since 2004, when he joined the company as vp-operations. In 2007, he was appointed general manager.

Prior to joining Briggs, Glaser held positions with appliance-maker Electrolux as well as with electronics giant Sony Electronics. He formerly served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer.

Briggs Plumbing Products is a division of CISA Holdings and manufactures products including toilets, bidets, lavatories, bathtubs, kitchen sinks and the Sayco brand of faucets.

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